Even when Chrome loses market share, people still won't transition to Microsoft Edge

Last month, it was reported that Microsoft's latest browser, Edge, is being used by just 5.65% of desktop users, according to NetMarketShare. Meanwhile, Google Chrome still remains the most popular browser, with a market share of nearly 60%.

This time, even though Chrome's market share has decreased slightly for the first time in the past two years - according to statistics provided by the aforementioned firm - it appears that people just don't want to transition to Microsoft's offering.

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NetMarketShare reports that Google Chrome's market share has declined slightly, and that it now sits at 59.38%, down from the 59.57% figure from last month. Similarly, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox' respective market shares have decreased as well. The former now commands 15.58% of the market, while the latter is at 12.28%.

While one would assume that some of this loss in market share may have benefited Microsoft Edge, this does not appear to be the case. The browser's market share now sits at 5.66%, which is an insignificant increase of 0.01 percentage points as compared to the previous report, and is well within the margin of error.

Meanwhile, it appears that Apple's Safari and the "Others" category have grown in market share, which should be quite disappointing for Microsoft.

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A separate firm, StatCounter, paints a very similar picture, seemingly confirming the authenticity of the market share trend indicated by NetMarketShare.

According to StatCounter, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer have either remained stagnant in market share or have faced a decline. However, Microsoft Edge still commands only 3.96% of the desktop market, the same figure that was provided last month. On the other hand, Apple's Safari grew from 5.04% to 5.51%, while the "Others" category benefited in terms of market share as well.

All in all, this situation should be of concern to Microsoft. Even when relatively more popular browsers like Google Chrome lose market share, people are tending to transition towards lesser known browsers like Opera and Vivaldi instead of Microsoft's offering - which has come bundled with Windows 10 since the operating system launched way back in July 2015.

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